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Chambersburg fends off Waynesboro

October 15, 2003|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Some might call it cruel and unusual punishment, but the Chambersburg volleyball team calls it a whole lotta' fun.

For the second time in two weeks the Trojans allowed arch-rival Waynesboro to stand confidently on the precipice of victory, only to push the Maidens to a bitter, five-game defeat.

The 25-14, 23-25, 25-21, 14-25, 15-12 win all but clinches the Mid-Penn Colonial title for No. 3 Chambersburg, while the Maidens failed to avenge a strikingly similar setback on their home floor earlier this month.

"It was another typical Chambersburg-Waynesboro match," said Trojans coach Ty Frelin. "We were just fortunate enough to make some plays in the fifth game when we needed."

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Chambersburg's Game 5 win came on the heels of the Maidens' resounding victory in the fourth game.

The Trojans virtually disintegrated late in Game 4. Clinging to a two-point lead, and down 2-1, Waynesboro reeled off nine straight points behind eight straight Jackie Duffey service points, including four aces and three unforced Chambersburg errors.

But the Maidens were fortunate to get to that point considering they committed five service errors prior to the late-game rally.

"We were siding out well, but we weren't hitting our serves," said Waynesboro coach Sonnia Oberholzer. "You can't win when you serve like that.

"I think (Chambersburg fans) had a lot of trash talking going on. I told the officials, but they did nothing. Once that sort of thing gets into your head it's tough."

The Waynesboro serving woes continued in the fifth game, while Chambersburg started reasserting itself at the net. Of the Trojans' 15 Game 5 points, eight came on kills or block-kills, and three on Waynesboro service errors.

In the first game, the Maidens were unable to string more than two points together, while Chambersburg rallied for at least three points on five separate occasions.

Paige Tanner dominated Game 2 for Waynesboro with six kills and four service points, while the Trojans committed three of their seven service errors in the game.

Facing a 17-11 deficit in Game 3, Chambersburg rallied to outscore the Maidens, 8-1, behind the net play of Miranda Wenger, to claim a two-games-to-one advantage.

Chambersburg's JV's remain undefeated with a 25-12, 25-15 win.

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